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278th takes over its mission in Iraq

Staff Report • Mar 18, 2010 at 12:00 AM

The 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 13th Sustainment Command handed its mission over to the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, last week at Contingency Operating Base Taji, Iraq. The ceremony marked the end of a year-long deployment for the 155th HBCT headquartered in Tupelo, Miss., and the beginning for the 278th ACR out of Knoxville, Tenn. Col. Jeffrey H. Holmes, the commander of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment and a Murfreesboro, Tenn., native, said his unit appreciated the warm reception. He said the 155th need not worry about the 278th or their mission, because they had set up the cavalry regiment for success. "This is a legacy cavalry mission, gentlemen," said Holmes. "The most vulnerable time during a retrograde operation in a counter-insurgency fight, and we are at that point. [With] 3,400 scouts on the routes, we're going to do our mission. We've got Soldiers [whose] entire career is based on a cavalry mission. We've trained 18 months to be here. We're ready."

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Tennessee guardsmen take right seat ride with the unit they are replacing

As of March 1, the 1st Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, headquartered in Henderson, Tenn., has officially descended upon Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq, where they will reside for the next year with a mission to provide force protection, but not before being trained up by the departing unit. "It has been a long road to reach our new home, but the work is far from over. Our headquarters element and our troops are busy learning from the Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 198th Combined Arms, who we will relieve in place and exchange transfer of authority with on March 10. This RIP TOA process also comes at a critical time with the parliamentary elections taking place. As our predecessors did, we hope to conduct successful and safe missions, as well as foster relationships with the Iraqi army and citizens," said Lt. Col. Jimmie L. Cole, Jr., commander of 1/278th ACR, Cobra Squadron. The RIP TOA process is done to ensure a seamless transition from one command to the next as units rotate in and out of theater on deployment. It is imperative that the outgoing unit impart as much knowledge as possible to the incoming units so that their missions will be safe and successful. The 1/278th ACR is picking up their force protection mission at a pivotal and historic time in Iraqi history. The second parliamentary elections in Iraqi history are taking place now. The buildup to this election has been somewhat heated with the barring of 500 candidates from the election, all of whom were formally associated with the banned Bathe Party. With controversy and a drawdown of forces in Iraq looming, the possibility of insurgency activity is likely. Factors such as these motivate incoming Soldiers of the 1/278th ACR to absorb as much information as possible from 2-198th CAB.

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278th Bulldog Battery Receives Combat Patches

Soldiers of Battery Bulldog, Regimental Fires Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Tennessee Army National Guard, received their combat veteran patch during a late afternoon ceremony, March 14. The ceremony was held marking the soldiers 30th day in country as 70 enlisted and officers joined the long list of American veterans of a foreign war. Battery Commander, Capt. John King of Memphis, said it was the first time his unit had deployed as a unit and was primarily made up of volunteers.

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